When Star Trek returned to the small screen after its exile, it returned with the gusto of the Star Trek: The Next Generation. Taking place nearly 100 years after the events of the original series, this show brought some of the production values of the movies to television. The show spun off 3 spinoffs with some of the cast appearing in at least 4 series. We look back at the top 10 episodes of this landmark series.
10 – SINS OF THE FATHER (Season 3, Episode 17)
Worf’s brother secretly survived the death of his family at Khitomer and was raised by another family of Klingons. His brother Kurn is serving aboard the USS Enterprise-D as part of a Federation-Klingon Officer Exchange Program. A decision by the Klingon High Council has determined that Worf’s father, Mogh, was responsible for providing aid to the Romulans before the massacre. As the eldest son of Mogh, Worf must now enter Klingon politics to clear his father’s name.
9 – I, BORG (Season 5, Episode 23)
The crew of the USS Enterprise-D, find a crashed Borg ship, and a drone still alive. After their trauma with the Borg, Captain Picard and Guinan work through their issues while fencing. A plan to commit genocide using this drone is complicated by the reemergence of its individuality.
8 – TAPESTRY (Season 6, Episode 15)
After dying, Q meets Captain Picard in the afterlife and offers him a chase to change an event in his life that left him with a mechanical heart. The attack he suffered in a bar by a Nausicaan was a watershed moment in his life. IN this episode we get to see how this event happened and how his life would have turned out if he had made a different choice.
7 – DARMOK (Season 5, Episode 2)
In an attempt to establish communications with an alien species whose language does not translate via the universal translator, Captain Picard and the captain of the alien ship are beamed down to a planet. Not understanding each other, the two captains must work together to defeat a foe.
6 – ALL GOOD THINGS (Season 7, Episodes 25 & 26)
Ending the era of the next generation with this two-part episode brings the series to a close. Captain Picard is struck by flashes 25 years in the future, and to his first mission as captain of the Enterprise, while trying to figure out a mystery at three different periods.
5 – CHAIN OF COMMAND PART 1 & 2 (Season 6, Episodes 10 & 11)
With Picard, Worf, and Dr. Crusher going on a secret mission in Cardassia, the USS Enterprise-D is under the command of a hard-nosed Captain Edward Jellico. His brash command style is at odds with the style the crew is familiar with. Once Picard’s mission fails he is tortured by the Cardassians, and it is up to the Enterprise to rescue him.
4 – YESTERDAY’S ENTERPRISE (Season 3, Episode 15)
The previously lost USS Enterprise-C travels to the future and meets its successor. This time travel changed the timeline to have the Federation and Klingons in a bitter war. In this timeline, Tasha Yar is still alive, and the two ships must work together to correct the flow of time.
3 – MEASURE OF A MAN (Season 2, Episode 9)
A courtroom-based episode, where Captain Picard must defend Data’s rights as a sentient android to avoid his reassignment. If he loses the case the android will be disassembled and studied.
2 – THE INNER LIGHT (Season 5, Episode 25)
The Enterprise encounters an alien probe that broadcasts a recording of the last years of an alien world. Only Captain Picard is affected and he lives the life of an alien named Kamin as his civilization realizes it is doomed and will become uninhabitable.
1 – BEST OF BOTH WORLDS PART 1 & 2 (Season 3, Episode 26, and Season 4, Episode 1)
The Borg invade Federation space, Captain Picard is abducted, and transformed into Locutus. Riker takes command of the Enterprise, and the fate of Picard and the Federation is at stake. This two-part episode is the is a high point in the series.